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‘Some men think women’s bodies belong to them’

South African men have been urged to take a stand against abuse of women and children.

Picture: Pixabay.com

JOHANNESBURG - With a sharp focus on sexual abuse in the country, the Commission for Gender Equality's says there is a sense of entitlement when it comes to women's bodies.

The commission’s Mbuyiselo Botha says that men should call out each another when women are abused.

“It’s about power. Some men think women’s bodies belong to them, they think they own it. The issue of ownership is critical.”

The commission’s comments follows a rape allegation against South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan.

Jennifer Ferguson, a former ANC MP and singer, has come forward and claims that Jordaan sexually assaulted her at a Port Elizabeth hotel in 1997.

Ferguson has spoken of her ordeal, emboldened by the #MeToo campaign, which has seen women around the world sharing their experiences of sexual harassment using the hashtag.

At the same time, Cabinet says it's deeply concerned by the recent reports of crimes against children, particularly the multiple cases of sexual assault at schools.

In Soweto alone, more than 90 cases are being investigated after a scholar patroller was arrested.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has praised the Gauteng Education Department for its swift response to the assaults.

Note: Eyewitness News has attempted to contact Jordaan and Safa but has been unsuccessful.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)